Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
Which generation of women do you like better? Why? Which generation is stronger?
What do you think of the parenting in this novel? Which mother do you like best?
How is America portrayed? Americans?
What’s the general attitude towards men in this novel?
There are four different mother-daughter stories presented here. What kernels of Universal Truths About Mothers and Daughters, if any, can you draw out of these stories?
If you were in Jing-mei’s situation, do you think you would respond the same way, saying you don’t know what to tell your newly found twin sisters because don’t know your mother/father? How much do you really know about your parents? How well can you know them?